It’s been a little more than a year since Christopher Miller graduated as part of Clarkson’s Class of 2017 with a degree in Global Supply Chain Management, but he’s already well on his way to a successful career.
Before graduation, he secured a spot in Advanced Drainage Systems Inc.’s 18-month long leadership and management trainee program. It has taken him to Massachusetts and Utah to learn everything from logistics and supply chain to manufacturing and quality control. He’s currently preparing for job interviews for management positions within the company and says he now has a very clear picture of where his particular skills and passions fit into business and manufacturing.
Miller credits his success to his relationship with the Clarkson Career Center, both before and after graduation. “Having someone always in my corner made all the difference. I definitely couldn’t have done this on my own.”
Throughout his senior year, he met every other week with his Career Center mentor Jeff Taylor to work on his resume, practice for job interviews, search for opportunities, and prepare for job fairs. “Job fairs can be intimidating,” he says. “You need a strategy for pitching yourself. Because of the Career Center, I was able to walk in and represent myself confidently. That made a huge difference.“
Miller says he has no doubt that support was crucial to him getting job interviews and ultimately securing his current position.
His relationship with the Career Center didn’t end with his graduation. When the development program transferred him to Salt Lake, Christopher reached out to the Career Center and was put in contact with local Clarkson alumni for networking.
When he recently began preparing again for job interviews with his company, once again the Career Center was there for him, helping him make his college resume into a fully professional resume that makes the most of his post-graduation achievements. He says knowing that the Career Center’s resume building, networking, and other resources are available for years after graduation is a comfort as his career continues to accelerate.
Christopher believes that resources like the Career Center should carry weight when students consider where to attend college. He was recruited by several schools to play baseball but says he ultimately chose Clarkson because of the combination of athletic and academic opportunities it would afford him. “When a school can offer such strong academics, leadership development in athletics, plus postgraduate resources that set you up long into the future, it’s an amazing thing. I don’t know of anywhere else I could have found the support I’ve gotten from Clarkson. “